missionary

[ mish-uh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr i /

noun, plural mis·sion·ar·ies. Also mis·sion·er.

a person sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism or other activities, as educational or hospital work.
a person strongly in favor of a program, set of principles, etc., who attempts to persuade or convert others.
a person who is sent on a mission.

adjective

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Origin of missionary

From the New Latin word missiōnārius, dating back to 1635–45. See mission, -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM missionary

non·mis·sion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·mis·sion·ar·ies.
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British Dictionary definitions for missioner (1 of 2)

missioner
/ (ˈmɪʃənə) /

noun

a less common name for missionary
a person heading a parochial mission in a Christian country

British Dictionary definitions for missioner (2 of 2)

missionary
/ (ˈmɪʃənərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

a member of a religious mission

adjective

of or relating to missionariesmissionary work
resulting from a desire to convert people to one's own beliefsmissionary zeal
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